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Was the alleged informant in the Trump campaign a spy?
At issue is the FBI's use of a longtime government informant in its investigation into whether Russian Federation was trying to sway the election. "As Chairman Nunes said the other day, if we had the information we could wrap this up faster", he said about the California Republican, a staunch Trump loyalist who worked on his transition. The full Gang of Eight - which includes the Republican and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate, as well as the top Republicans and Democrats on the Intelligence committees - received the same briefing later the same afternoon.
Appearing on the Lou Dobbs show Wednesday, Gaetz offered a scathing critique of what he saw as Ryan's betrayal of the president.
"I think we have some more digging to do".
President Trump has said the FBI's alleged surveillance campaign was "bigger than Watergate", and the Department of Justice has formally requested a review of the surveillance application process used by the FBI to determine "whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation".
"Look, if you want to disagree with what we were briefed on and say that it was a spy?"
"We received an oral briefing two weeks ago", Ryan said Thursday. "Normally I don't like to comment on classified briefings".
Gaetz concluded saying that he was hearing for the first time from his colleagues in the Congress that they might need to replace Ryan as the House Speaker.
"There is no defense today for Paul Ryan siding with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice against those of us in the Congress who are working for transparency and accountability", Representative Matt Gaetz told Fox Business Network's Lou Dobbs.
Though senators are invited to the briefing, there has been less interest in that chamber in prolonging the public fight over information concerning the informant.
The US Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, also discouraged talk of a self-pardon by Trump on Tuesday.
Burr, however, appeared ready to move on, saying the briefing he attended "sufficiently covered everything to do with this right now".
Even after Gowdy said there's nothing to Trump's allegations, the White House has sought to keep the waters muddy.